Staff fac­ing axe as coun­cil starts lat­est re-shuf­fle

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

JOBS will go as part of a ma­jor coun­cil re­or­gan­i­sa­tion to be­come more self-suf­fi­cient.

Cheshire East Coun­cil has an­nounced an over­haul of all its ser­vices – which will in­clude job losses, although bosses will not con­firm yet how many.

Ser­vices will fall into three ar­eas – peo­ple, places and cor­po­rate ser­vices – and is hoped it will leave the coun­cil less re­liant on govern­ment grants and make things sim­pler for res­i­dents.

But Labour coun­cil­lors have crit­i­cised the need for a fur­ther re­or­gan­i­sa­tion – the third since the coun­cil formed in 2009.

This is a fur­ther re­duc­tion in work­force at the coun­cil which has fallen from 3,880 in 2012/13 to 2,770 in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year – a re­duc­tion of 27.7 per cent.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Suarez said: “The pub­lic will not see a change in ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“The changes will just mean that it will be clearer who is ac­count­able and func­tions will be bet­ter in­te­grated so that fur­ther sav­ings can be achieved.”

The ‘peo­ple’ direc­torate will in­clude chil­dren and fam­i­lies, adult so­cial care, com­mu­ni­ties and pub­lic health headed by the deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive.

‘Places’ plan­ning, will in­clude re­gen­er­a­tion, high­ways, strate­gic trans­port and coun­try­side headed up by the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and ‘cor­po­rate ser­vices’ will in­clude IT, cus­tomer ser­vices, li­braries and le­gal headed by the chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

Cheshire East car­ried out a ma­jor re­view of its man­age­ment struc­ture in 2013 af­ter it was re­vealed £1m of tax­pay­ers’ money was wasted on a trans­fer sta­tion at Lyme Green with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion. There was a fur­ther re­view of the man­age­ment struc­ture last sum­mer.

Coun Laura Jeuda, Cheshire East coun­cil­lor for Mac­cles­field South, said: “This is just the lat­est re­or­gan­i­sa­tion, with the re­struc­ture af­ter Lyme Green and only months since the ex­ecu- tive di­rec­tor for strate­gic com­mis­sion­ing left.

“The se­nior staff turnover is in­cred­i­bly high. All this costs money. Peo­ple will go with big pay-offs and oth­ers brought in.

“The Con­ser­va­tives need to stop wast­ing tax pay­ers’ money on re­or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

A coun­cil spokesman said a con­sul­ta­tion will start with af­fected staff later this month.

He added: “There is no fig­ure on job losses to share at this stage.

“The con­sul­ta­tion is due to start on June 8 and then im­ple­men­ta­tion fol­lows on af­ter the con­sul­ta­tion is com­pleted.

“All staff are be­ing en­cour­aged to com­ment on the realignment – as it af­fects the whole coun­cil.”

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